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News ReleaseAir Products Joins KAUST Industry Collaboration Program

November 09, 2018 Thuwal, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Air Products has signed an agreement to become a strategic partner of an Industry Collaboration Program (KICP) with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). A world-leading global industrial gases company, Air Products is the latest influential international company to join the KICP network. The network encourages relationships between academia and industry to blossom through strong research partnerships that are taking the latest advancements in science and technology to the marketplace.

Air Products Joins KAUST Industry Collaboration ProgramDr. Samir J. Serhan, executive vice president at Air Products said, “This agreement not only gives Air Products access to KAUST’s innovative research, technologies and talent pool, but it also provides a collaborative platform that will help Air Products tackle technology challenges in the industrial gases business. Through the collaboration we will aim towards achieving our higher purpose; to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers and communities around the world.”

The Industry Collaboration Program also provides Air Products with a platform to access KAUST’s world-leading expertise, equipment and research infrastructure. This will enable the company to further its research and development activity in the areas of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage; adsorbent membrane-based gas separation; syngas and hydrogen production, steam reforming and residual gasification technologies.

“We are pleased to welcome Air Products to KAUST’s KICP network and look forward to working with them to ensure that KAUST’s world class expertise and cutting edge technological resources add real value to their company. This collaboration will open up new scientific opportunities and advantages to Air Products." said Dr. Tony Chan, president of KAUST.

Air Products first identified opportunities for collaboration with KAUST during a visit to campus earlier this year. During the visit members of the company were given a tour of KAUST facilities including the KAUST Core Labs.

“This collaboration agreement will facilitate access for Air Products to KAUST’s specialized research equipment operated by expert staff with advanced degrees in science and engineering. KAUST’s research infrastructure will complement and support the company's strengths in material and surface sciences, application and engineering excellence,” added Dr. Justin Mynar, Director of the KAUST Core Labs.

The KICP is a membership-based program with the objective of fostering strong and productive partnerships with industry, generating value for both KAUST and the KICP members. This is done through facilitating engagement of industry with KAUST’s faculty, world-class talent pool and technology commercialization capability. Existing KICP members include some of the largest and most influential technology intensive corporations in the world.

More information about KAUST Industry Collaboration Program.

Notes for Editors:

Established in 2009, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a graduate research university devoted to finding solutions for some of the world’s most pressing scientific and technological challenges in the areas of food, water, energy and the environment. With 19 research areas related to these themes and state-of-the art labs, KAUST has created a collaborative and interdisciplinary problem- solving environment, which has resulted in over 11,000 published papers to date.

With over 100 different nationalities living, working and studying on campus, KAUST has brought together the best minds and ideas from around the world with the goal of advancing science and technology through distinctive and collaborative research. KAUST is a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in Saudi Arabia and the world.

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About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) is a world-leading industrial gases company in operation for over 75 years. The company provides industrial gases and related equipment to dozens of industries, including refining, chemical, metals, electronics, manufacturing, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the world’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment.

The Company had fiscal 2018 sales of $8.9 billion from operations in 50 countries and has a current market capitalization of about $35 billion. Approximately 15,000 passionate, talented and committed employees from diverse backgrounds are driven by Air Products’ higher purpose to create innovative solutions that benefit the environment, enhance sustainability and address the challenges facing customers, communities, and the world. For more information, visit

Air Products in Saudi Arabia
Air Products has worked in Saudi Arabia since the 1970’s and made long term investments in the country since 2012 in conjunction with our joint venture partners. Throughout this time, Air Products has and continues to demonstrate its commitment to the Kingdom through a continued expansion of its footprint in the country; focus on the development of local Saudi talent; and focus on bringing technology and developing technology in Saudi Arabia.

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Left to right: William Karlson, executive director of technology at Air Products; Dr. Samir Serhan, executive vice president at Air Products; Dr. Tony Chan, president of KAUST; Dr. Justin Mynar, director of the KAUST Core Labs.

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